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Tahrir Al-Sham Terrorists Ordered by Turkey to Block Civilian Passage Via Idlib Crossing

Idlib Deputy Governor said that Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) is preventing the Syrian citizens from passing through the humanitarian corridor designated by the Syrian Army in Idlib province upon an order by Ankara and with the goal to exert pressure on the Syrian government.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted Sadoun as saying that for the second consecutive day the terrorist groups are blocking civilian passing through Abu Dhohour humanitarian corridor designated by the Syrian and Russian sides.

The provincial official noted that Tahrir al-Sham’s measure has taken place in line with Ankara’s order and with the goal to exert political pressure during the upcoming Astana summit slated to be held in Ankara soon.

Sadoun noted that the terrorist groups have fired live bullets at the civilians who had moved towards Abu Dhohour crossing and they have also closed the roads to Abu Dhohour passage.

He noted that according to the consultations between the Russian and Turkish sides, civilians were supposed to leave the areas under the control of the terrorists through Abu al-Dhohour passage.

Meantime, a battlefield source said that the terrorist groups launched rocket attacks on the Syrian Army’s military positions in Western Hama and Southern Idlib, and the Syrian Army responded by pounding the terrorists’ military positions in Sahl al-Ghab in Western Hama as well as Southern and Southeastern Idlib by heavy canon fire.

In a relevant development on Friday, a large number of terrorists have fled to Turkey in cooperation with Turkish officials in recent months as gaps have been widening among terrorist groups and Tahrir al-Sham command structure has collapsed.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted local sources in Kharbeh al-Joz Northwest of Jisr al-Shoghour in Western Idlib as saying that over 2,000 militants have fled to Turkey after being helped by Turkish border guards since the Syrian Army kicked off its military operation on May 6.

The local sources also pointed to Turkey’s threats on increasing corridors from Turkey to Europe, and said that most of the Ankara-backed terrorists who have defected their terrorist groups have fled to the European countries via Greece.

Al-Watan also quoted sources close to Tahrir al-Sham as saying that a wave of internal differences and defection can be seen among Tahrir al-Sham commanders as they accuse each other of treason. 

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